Yes, I said salad in a jar.

I’m quite intrigued by this idea, which seems to be quickly becoming a food trend. I’m not sure of the exact origin, but I’d like to pretend it all started with McDonald’s Salad Shakers.

Remember those? A brilliant, but short-lived product…

So here’s the modern-day version of the salad shaker, using mason jars (two trends in one!).

mason jar salad

Image from here. Great recipe for a Balsamic Vinaigrette there as well!

You layer your salad dressing on the bottom, then all your ingredients next, finishing up with your lettuce on top. And apparently (full disclosure: I haven’t tried this for myself yet), the salad mix stays fresh for up to four days in the refrigerator. Lunches for a week! The key is to never let your salad dressing and lettuce touch. Then when you are ready to eat, just shake!

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Even if you don’t want to assemble a full salad, I’ve also learned (thank you, Pinterest!) that lettuce will keep longer if stored in jars (sometimes up to 10 days). More tips about that here.

Meanwhile, I’m off to try this new food trend with one of my favorite Farm Flavor salad recipes, Mixed Citrus and Avocado Salad. The white balsamic vinaigrette is so light and delicious, and I love the combination of the buttery avocado with the citrus! Here’s my plan to convert this to a Salad in a Jar. I’ll put the vinaigrette on the bottom, then layer the grapefruit, oranges, avocado and Parmesan cheese (in that order), topping it off with the lettuce and chives. And since this recipe makes six servings, I’ll serve two salads tonight for dinner, and four more in jars for lunches.

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Mixed Citrus and Avocado Salad With White Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe

I think this approach would also work well with our Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette or the Eclectic Salad with Maple Ginger Walnuts.

Have you tried Salad in a Jar yet? Post a comment with your thoughts on this new food trend!


  1. That seems so clever! Can never fix my salad the night before when i fix the kids lunches…. Will try it!

  2. I remember those McDonald’s salads! They were always too full for me to get my dressing distributed, so if I make salad in a jar, I’ll be sure not to pack it too tightly. The Mixed Citrus and Avocado Salad sounds so good! Will the citrus juices or vinaigrette keep the avocado from browning?

  3. I love the idea of Salad in a Jar…I think the Mixed Citrus & Avocado Salad would be scrumptious this way. I haven’t tried this, yet, but my daughter said she did and she loves it!

  4. When using avacado, try spraying the slices or chunks with PAM to keep it from turning black. It lasts longer, and doesn’t effect the taste.

  5. What a great tip – thanks! I’ve heard of using lime juice (especially when making guacamole) or leaving in the pit, but didn’t know that Pam works as well!

  6. Love this idea, especially since they store for so long. However, I don’t quite see how they would mix well enough by shaking, if not I will pour it on a plate.

    thanks for sharing!

  7. Sue, I agree – instead of shaking, I just dump the contents into a bowl. The salad in a jar works great, though! My favorite is using balsamic dressing with grilled chicken on the bottom… the dressing doubles as a marinade.


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